Last April 22, 2018, a magnitude 6.1 quake jolted the Luzon Island in the Philippines, leaving 18 people dead and injuring at least 243 individuals.
The province of Pampanga in Central Luzon suffered the most damage, and the Aeta communities in the town of Porac were not spared.
Most of the permanent structures made of cement and hollow blocks like schools and churches were toppled or became unstable, forcing the community of around 100 families to evacuate. Two of their members died because of the earthquake.
Scared of what can possibly happen in case another temblor strikes, Aetas now stay in temporary shelters made of sticks and blankets they have set up outside the village, with no water, sanitation, and proper food source.
Our group, OM MATUA, an SEC-registered Non Governmental Organization in the Philippines, a network of alumni volunteers of the University of the Assumption in Pampanga, has been working with some of the Aeta communities in Porac since 2015, especially the one in Brgy. Diaz. We have conducted several programs to help the communities such as feeding programs, rebuilding their chapel, teaching them personal hygiene and livelihood projects, and many more.
But our mission is challenged by tragedy. It is our advocacy now to rebuild the community of Brgy. Diaz in the hopes of helping them get through this tough time and bring back their way of life. And we won't be able to achieve this without all the financial help that we can get.
The funds that will be collected here will be dedicated to the programs that we will create as we rebuild the community. For updates on these programs, you may like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ommatua.